Victory Dark Lager
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #123
Ranked #40,872
3.66 | pDev: 13.39%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into glass

medium brown in color, off-white head. mild earthy malty aroma - a bit of cocoa. taste is fairly balanced, not too sweet. medium bodied.

Dec 12, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Standard, easy drinking option. Tarnished copper brown color with a finger or so of tan head. Aroma of grains and malts, essentially nothing else, as promised by the "All Malt" label. Simple taste, malts, roasted malts, and more malts, followed by a mild herbal hoppiness. Bit of an astringent aftertaste. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable.

Sep 01, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better

Aug 19, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Dark Lager, ontap @ Victory Brewing

Pours a rich dark brown, light khaki colored head forms and not a whole lot of lace. Smells like an imported German lager, Tettnang hops appear brightly along with some doughy notions. In the taste, similar hop flavor, light and tealike, a bit herbal. Dark roasted malt and lager yeast add alot to this beer, giving it that distinct "euro" feel. Light roast, good hop profile, easy drinking medium bodied feel. Whats not to like in this one, a great standby beer.

Mar 22, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA) on 2/15/11 during their 15 Year Anniversary Celebration. Served in a stange.

Pours a clear copper, with finger of frothy egg-shell white head. This retains with a fairly rich ½ finger that leaves some thick patches of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh and floral up front, with notes of light roast, caramel, and fresh citrus character quickly following. Nice crispness here in the nostrils.

Those hops are fresh and biting in the taste but aren't overly aggressive, being backed by a fruity and malty mix of caramel, toast, and ripe citric character. This finishes moderately dry with some lingering roast. The mouthfeel medium bodied, with a firm and crisp carbonation that is overall quite refreshing feeling in the mouth.

I'm glad to see this one back, as you don't get to see it around quite as much as you used to. This just has a firm and well balanced mix of hops, sweetness, and roast that stayed well flavored, crisp, and easy drinking the whole way through the glass. At 5%, you could enjoy a couple of these and it pretty much pairs up nicely with anything.

Feb 17, 2011
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some red highlightls, minimal head and lacing. Scent is mild, some hints of roasted nuts and pumpernickle bread. Taste brings a more assertive, yet mild taste of fresh bread, lightly roasted nuts and hints of spice and herbs. Lighter side of medium body, very light and watery finnish. A nice, highly drinkable and flavorful beer.

Jun 28, 2010
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Katahdin from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting Lager style. Poured a rich, dark color not at all like a Yuengling lager. Has a wonderful roasted aroma to it. Taste was liek drinking a nice black coffee with hints of chicory and tannins that lingered on the tongue. Went down smooth. Probably would be a good session beer.

Jun 09, 2010
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zoso1967 from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served up fairly transparent reddish brown with a slightly tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma of this beer had a lot of toffee notes in and, as well as being slightly toasty with just a tinge of herbal hop character. The taste presented itself as clean, malty and smooth with most of the character coming from the malts. Toffee, caramel, light toastyness and smooth sweetness. Very little hop flavor, but a fair amount of bitterness to help balance out the malts. It had a medium body that was slightly chewy, and it left a bit more stickiness in my mouth than I would have liked. Pretty drinkable, but I think the stickiness would wear on me eventually. Well executed, as are most Victory beers, but just a bit lacking.

Apr 11, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I"m not a lager guy, but this was pretty good. Good dark brown/amber color with small head. It's not in your face yet is solid presentation.
Bread and sweet malt come through in the nose. It seems very robust but the taste calms down. Grainy taste, malt, but not the kind that tastes bad. This is "fresher" than most lagers I've had. No old sock taste to it. Semi-sweet, a fairly good finish. I'd have it again, but would prefer a PA or something with some bite.

Mar 14, 2009
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Chinon01 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bready, toasty, simply liquid bread. Richly colored brownish amber with simple head. Nose is again bready with a hint or vanilla icing. Taste is almost sweet with toasty and nearly deeper roasted notes. Really nice but little mid palate and a meager finish. Good mouthfeel and as for drinkability, the growler is just about empty.

Feb 28, 2009
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Beertarded from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rusted brown with a large tan head. The aroma has hints of toffee and carmel mixed in with a heeping doase of malt. The flavor is quite sweet and pleasent, with an herbal hop tinge to match a delicate malt flavor. I would choose this every time over their non-dark lager.

A nice beer that has no interntions of being anymore than its name. Quite good.

Feb 23, 2009
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is very malty, including some roasted malts. Pretty decent beer, not too much going on here, but it serves its purpose well.
6/4/6/4/13 (3.3/5)

Dec 20, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nonic served at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA.

A: The lager is a caramel brown color with a tan head that measured over a finger in size.

S: The aroma is grainy with lots of caramel. Not much hopwise.

T: The lager is am enjoyable drink, with lots of darker malts dominating the taste. The dark malts are bready with a strong caramel flavor. The sweetness lingers throughout, pairing against fresh hop bitterness during the first and last part of a sip.

M: The mild malt body is refreshing and light, an easy drink.

D: At 5%, the lager is a great sipper. Too bad that Victory has so many good choices on tap.

Jun 21, 2008
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Biscuit033 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; Clear copper with a large light tan head that clings to glass almost endlessly.

S: Dark sweet malts with some earthiness.

T: Dark malts but still light on the palette then the hops work there way in with pine and earth showing them selfs assertively. There is only a slight taste of sweetness before the hops balance the beer.

M: Medium bodied with good carbination and a bitter dry finish.

D: This is a good quaffer. The hop bitterness and aggressiveness push the limits for the style but are not too much.

Feb 26, 2008
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long Saturday of drinking big kick me in the ass monster beers. This was my last beer of the day. I sat down and ate a burger and enjoyed a beer simply built for easy drinking.

Appearance: Served and amber brown color with a tan head and clear body.

Smell: Toasted caramel malts and light scents of fresh grain waft through my nose.

Taste: A light body and overall an easy drinking beer. A touch of sweetness at the tip of the tongue is followed by a grain and malt attribute and finishes with a light but notable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is light crisp and clean as a lager should be.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is no doubt it's drinkability. Very sessionable and a beer I would say may likely work well as a transition beer. It is very approachable and inoffensive.

Hope this is helpful.

Apr 04, 2007
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dbalsock from Vermont

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: this one poured hazy brown with a light, almost white, head. it was nice, but nothing stood out for me.

smell: honey with an undertone of fruit: banana, orange, lemon, yum. i can also pick up on some caramel.

taste: nutty and honey sit subtly on the palate while a very standard barley flavor makes itself quite known. the honey and citric aftertaste really pull this beer's taste score up.

mouthfeel: very watery and smooth... in fact so watery and smooth that it feels watered down and detracts from the overall experience.

drinkability: the mouthfeel really bores me in this beer, i could drink a lot of it if i was dying of thirst, and didn't know that alcohol would dehydrate me... but i'd rather not have more than a pint.

Feb 19, 2006
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lpayette from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brownish copper with nearly no head.

Smells of honey, a bit of caramel, and a certain hop smell/taste that seems to be in a lot of victory beers.

Tastes- all the above plus a little alcohol. Tastes pretty amazing really.

It's fairly drinkable. Watery on the tongue but ends dryish.

Feb 19, 2006
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Boto from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a clear amber/caramel brown color, with a little off-white head on it. There is a somewhat sweet, but not too strong caramel aroma to the beer. Some floral notes also. The taste is mainly mildly sweet caramel malt. This is very smooth going down. A very nice session beer.

Dec 22, 2005
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stewart124 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with little head. I really like the color.
Smells of rich malts and noble hops. Sweet smells of grapes are also present.
Taste is of biscuit malts and bits of grapes. There is a maltiness present in this beer that is noticable in the aftertaste. Very sweet characteristics up front with a smooth body that blends well. There is also a sour note present. Medium carbonation. The noble German hops and malts work well. Very drinkable beer.

Dec 19, 2005
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alexwag from New York

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper with a bit of ochre -- reds brought out by the light. Half finger of steadily-disappearing head, not much lacing.

S- Husky and malty, a bit of red apple sweetness. Not that potent.

T- Sweet and then tart, a bit tannic and straw-y. Apples and a bit of viscous sugar. Sort of an unpleasant aftertaste, IMO. Flavor sits on the front of the tongue, slowly works its way back. A bit hoppy at the end.

M- Becomes fizzy quickly, slightly watery. Otherwise smooth, but not super pleasant.

D- Drinkable if you dig the flavors, I am not that into them, though usually a fan of all things Munich. Too sweet and lacking body.

Victory has much better offerings than this one. Maybe there's a reason it was so much cheaper than the others ...

Dec 07, 2005
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Todd from California

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Bright copper colored beer with a thin white wispy lace.

Clean aroma, a bit herbal with soft caramel notes and grainy edges.

Flavor has some lightly toasted characters, some biscuit, and a soft roasted edge. Touch of lager sourness, with a flowery water taste in the trail. Body is a bit thin with a crisp carbonation and following twang of hop bitterness that's a bit sharp on the palate with herbal lingers. Underlying matly sweetness pulls everything together, with a raw sugar taste and an emerging sweet tea flavor as it melds with herbal hop flavors. Notes of metallic. Drying finish with a residual toasty sweetness and light herbal character.

An easy drinking, approachable and flavorful lager.

Aug 19, 2005
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purcheased at the brewery for $17 a case (great price) . Poured a moderate copper color with modest white head. Smell is of caramel, molasses malt. Taste follows through with a toasted malt flavor. Slight bitterness at the finish. A great drinking beer. I'm not much of a fan of lagers, but this is a verry good one.

Jul 24, 2005
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark russet clear pour with a settled tan frothy wafer thin coating and scattered bubbles rising.

Sweet caramel and Karo syrup scents with a touch of vanilla grain malt in the bouquet.

First swigs: Sugary and breakfast cereal Wheatina Oatmeal flavors. Some Maple syrup honey and a twinge of root beer-esque hints and rye.

Gently carbonated. Clean and sweet. With a 5% ABV and a passive overall demeanor, this is quite drinkable.

Last swigs: Pastry and maple malts lager-esque. Erily similar to Penn.
5.00% ABV.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Jul 18, 2005
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JackStraw22 from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber/brown color, with a good off-white head. head stuck around pretty well. Smell was ok, slightly malty, a little bit of spicy hops. Very smooth, malty and nutty. Can't get excited about it, but very drinkable and quaffable. Can't go wrong, and a great session brew.

Jun 10, 2005
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber clear pour with tight bubbles, lightly floating in a thin pattern. points increasing for kick ass cool label. smells slightly malty but mostly of thickly sweet burnt sugar. taste packs on a hint of hop bitterness over the intense malt background like a dry hopped colt 45. finishes clean with a slight lager sourness. a wee bit heavy to be enjoyed repeatedly but a decent brew. wouldn't seek it out again.

Jun 10, 2005
Victory Dark Lager from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 87 ratings